Monday, December 31, 2007

Still thinking about those resolutions...

Still haven't made any progress in the New Year's Resolutions department. Maybe I'm putting too much pressure on myself to come up with the perfect one. I obviously want it to include a big race again. I'm thinking another half marathon. Most likely in the fall because it's easiest for me train in the summer. No idea which one though.

I'm mostly over the soreness from being overzealous at the gym the other day, except for my right hamstring. It's still bothering me. I've actually got a Thermocare on it now. (My mom suggested it after it wasn't going away.) I'm hoping it will help. I've been stretching and everything, but it's still really tight/sore. Hopefully the heat will do it some good.

As a result of the soreness, normal exercise has sort of been out of the picture, but my mom and I hit the Promenade (fancy name for the new high end outdoor shopping center that opened last year) the other day to get some fresh air and get a decent amount of walking in. (And I found two super cute sweaters on sale at New York & Company!) Really it was a win-win situation.

And yesterday we got some heavy lifting in cleaning out my closet, which hasn't happened since freshman year of high school. Bags of old clothes and shoes are heavy!

I hope everyone has a fabulous New Years with lots of fun and friends!

Thursday, December 27, 2007

You know you've been away too long when....

...the night you get home from the gym you're hobbling around because the squat and lunge sets in the Body Works class were killer and you used really light weights...

...taking two classes back to back used to be a piece of cake, now you're struggling half way through the second....

...the next day you can barely walk up the steps or get in and out of a car or changes positions of the sofa without grabbing your butt/quad/hamstring and saying, "Oh ouch, oh that hurts, oucccch!"

So needless to say, I think I might have hit it too hard in my first time back at the gym in a while. I am soooooore! So obviously I didn't do much today. Instead I went to visit my uncle in New Jersey. He's a teacher and he does a lot of the technological stuff at his school and he was showing me all these cool things you can do to your resume and all these neat Web sites that offer good tips and stuff just so I can keep my resume spruced up now that I'm in the real world.

Tomorrow I'll have to play it by ear. We'll see how I'm feeling. In the morning, my dad and I are going to the credit union to square away some things with my account before I move.

Tomorrow night is also a super exciting day because it's the day of the Maryland bowl game. As a result of our less than spectacular season we only got invited to the Emerald Bowl in San Francisco where we will be playing Oregon State. Go TERPS!

And just a quick soccer follow up because I never did update that. The Terps hosted Bradley at home for the third round game after Bradley pulled a huge overtime upset against Indiana. Things were looking good for the Terps who dominated through the entire first 88 minutes, taking a 2-0 lead. But they allowed two quick goals during regulation to force overtime. The Terps played strongly through the first overtime although were unable to capitalize. In the second overtime period, Bradley scored on what was a controversial call (later review of the tape showed the goal was a handball) and the Terps lost. I, and many others, was devastated.

Bradley went on to lose to Ohio State in the next round. I believe the score was something like 4-0. Wake Forest ended up winning the National Championship, so I was glad to see an ACC team do that.

Overall though, it was a really disappointing end to my Terps' season.

Tuesday, December 25, 2007

All graduated

First and foremost: MERRY CHRISTMAS!

So, now that I'm graduated and a real person and everything, I guess it's about time I get back to this long neglected blog. (Getting back to my workouts too wouldn't be a bad plan either.)

Graduation....it happened. I still kind of don't believe it happened. I think I still think I'm going back to College Park in January. So it's weird trying to sort through all those emotions. I'm sad that I'm leaving all my friends. Excited about and nervous about starting a job and being in the real world.

I'm trying to enjoy the last few weeks I have of being a kid.

In workout news: I meant to post the other week, but shocker ran out of time, about this great hill work out I got in....it's called sledding. Ride down a dining hall tray on your butt, run back up the hill weighed down by lots of layers and clunky snow boots. Do that for an hour or two and you will be dead tired, and as far as I'm concerned you will have gotten in your run for the day. We haven't had many great snow storms in my time at Maryland and the one a few weeks ago wasn't anything special, but it did drop us enough snow to get a decent night of sledding in.

As far as getting back to regular running, I'm worried about shin splints....so I might start off with a lot of walking blended in with the running just until I can get my running legs back.

I promise I will start catching up on everyone's blogs soon. It's good to be back!